Watch: John Oliver slams Hotstar for blocking Disney jokes, not airing Last Week Tonight episode on Narendra Modi
John Oliver said that this was not the first time his show's content had been censored by Hotstar.
Recently on Last Week Tonight, political satirist John Oliver slammed Disney-owned Indian streaming platform Hotstar for heavily editing out content from three episodes.
Oliver first addressed how Hotstar had chosen to "self-censor" and not air an episode criticising Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump's visit. He had been quite vocal of his criticism in the episode, calling Modi "a man for whom Trump seems to have a great deal of affection," also stating the prime minister has become "one of the most divisive figures in India".
"What's worse is, it's apparently not even the first time they have censored us. We've discovered that they've been quietly doing it for a while now, but not for the reason that you might expect," says Oliver in the latest segment.
He points out that an episode from 2019, where he had joked about Disney, was edited out by Hotstar in India. He adds that another segment on China's one child policy in which he had said that Donald Duck's penis is "shaped like a corkscrew" was also removed.
“They cut out a joke about Mickey Mouse being a cocaine addict. Why would they do that? It’s hard to say. But it might be because Hotstar is owned by Disney and they seem extra sensitive to Disney references," he says, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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